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10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears opened preseason with the Baltimore Ravens a week ahead of the rest of the NFL. The Ravens won 17-16 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

1. The Bears would have far preferred if their first-rounder was their most newsworthy draft pick on Thursday — not their seventh-rounder — but the negotiating impasse for inside linebacker Roquan Smith continues and wide receiver Javon Wims put together a nice second half with seven receptions for 89 yards.

Be careful not to get ahead of yourself when it comes to Wims, but understand that the solid showing comes after the former Georgia Bulldog put together some nice practices in Bourbonnais. That is the key for late-round picks and undrafted free agents. They have to continually pop and catch the attention of coaches and decision makers. It’s early in the process and Wims is going to have to do a lot more to state his case for a roster spot at a position where things will get interesting.

The Bears sat out 27 players, not including Smith, and four of them were wide receivers – Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Kevin White. You figure that the Bears will wind up keeping six wide receivers on the 53-man roster and those four have a spot. I would give a nod right now to veteran Josh Bellamy, who has experience on special teams and has been worked in some with the first unit on occasion. Next, you’re looking at Wims and perhaps Bennie Fowler, the veteran who came over from the Broncos. Fowler signed a $1 million, one-year contract with $200,000 guaranteed. That is who Wims is competing against. Fowler is a proven player on special teams (he played for assistant special teams coordinator Brock Olivo in Denver) and has been a little more productive than Bellamy on offense in his career.

“It was a good showing for my first NFL game,” Wims said. “My coaches told me to stay ready and so did my teammates, stay ready. Every opportunity you get, just try to make the most of it. I think camp has gone good. Every day I am learning something new. Every day I am getting better.”

Wims’ good hands were on display in the back-shoulder throw he caught at the start of the fourth quarter, outmaneuvering Ravens rookie cornerback Anthony Averett for a 24-yard gain. Wims doesn’t possess top end speed and he might lack the sudden quickness to shake better cornerbacks but he’s had a nice camp so far and this performance backs that up. He just needs to keep stacking productive practices now.

2. Adrian Amos was one of the many Bears who got the night off, but the fourth-year safety was paying close attention to the action and is eager to review film of several 15-yard penalties that were handed out by referee Walt Coleman’s crew. The Ravens were specifically penalized twice for use of the helmet penalties and Baltimore picked up two more unnecessary roughness calls, both 15-yarders. Bears safety Nick Orr also got a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call. On the couple replays I saw on a TV that was mounted high in the press box, it didn’t look like a bad hit. Amos was in agreement and it’s a real question for defensive players around the league: Is the game going to be officiated differently?

“We just have to go back and look at them and see what they are,” Amos said. “They looked like pretty good hits. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

I asked him if it’s the beginning of a trend we’ll see unfold in preseason, is it going to force him to evaluate how he goes about bringing down ball carriers or receivers?

“I’ve got to play football,” he said. “I have to protect myself and play football. I’m not going to not tackle someone. I’ll let them (officials) make a determination afterward. I can only control what I can control.”

In doing that, he will have to hope that he maintains control of his wallet as well. Amos certainly doesn’t want any fine notifications arriving at Halas Hall.

“Yeah,” he said. “We’ll see.”

3. Jonathan Bullard figures to be in line for a starting job as a defensive end and he might be the only eventual starter that wound up playing in this game. He ran Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III out of bounds for a sack, which was good to see. Bullard totaled two tackles and as he prepares for his third season, he’s hoping to build his effort near the end of last season when he began getting more playing time with Mitch Unrein sidelined.

“Last year, the last four or five games I started and that really helped me at the position,” Bullard said. “Just having reps. Repeated reps are always huge.”

Roy Robertson-Harris is pushing Bullard and he also picked up a sack as the defense totaled eight in the loss to the Ravens. A little more consistency from both of them would help out up front where they’ve got a good thing going right now.

“We’ve got two solid guys in Akiem (Hicks) and Eddie (Goldman) right there,” Bullard said. “Just need some production out of that right side end. That’s my job and hopefully I can step in. If we start getting production from all three spots, we can be even better.”

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